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post #1 of 19 Old 05-11-2010, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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86,000 and counting

Washed away a winter's worth of crud, mud and grime this morning and discovered a wonderful Y2K KLR650 underneath, all green, shiny and new looking. With 86,000+ on the odometer, it's running better then ever. Burns no oil and very little gas. Goes everywhere and does everything I ask. Is this a great bike or what!

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-11-2010, 12:09 PM
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Here's to hoping you can see 100K by the end of the year!

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post #3 of 19 Old 05-11-2010, 04:39 PM
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post #4 of 19 Old 04-15-2011, 01:32 AM
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86k? That's amazing! Can you describe the maintenance you've had to do on the bike during that time? Valve shimming? Carb cleaning? Lubing? Hose replacements? Tell us all how to get a bike to go 86k!
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The bike now has 97K and is running great. As for maintenance, I replaced the timing chain and a roller bearing in the transmission at 72K and put in a new set of rings because I thought I should. Everything else in the engine spec'ed out factory fresh and went back in. The rear shock failed at 87K and the speedometer drive gears wore out at 96K. It's gone through a couple clutch cables, an occasional light bulb, a few chains, sprockets and a bunch of tires. Everything else is what it came with new in April, 2000. It gets a dealer tune-up about once a year. I do regular oil and filter changes, service the K&N air filter and take care of the other small stuff. The bike is used to explore the back roads, mostly dirt, and trails in Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and Utah. I'm a big guy, 6'7" and 250 lbs, so the bike has not had an easy life. It has never let me down or left me stranded which is good becaure I usually ride alone.
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[QUOTE=rwagnerfoto;78385]The bike now has 97K and is running great. As for maintenance, I replaced the timing chain and a roller bearing in the transmission at 72K and put in a new set of rings because I thought I should.

Replaced the timing chain and roller bearings at 72 thou!!! Can't these guys get ANYTHING right?

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post #7 of 19 Old 04-15-2011, 03:58 PM
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Impressive! I plan to take mine to 100K. Hoping...glad you're almost there and thanks for the update.




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post #9 of 19 Old 04-22-2011, 12:26 PM
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Was the infamous "doohickey" ever replaced? If not then your bike should raise some serious questions to the well known internet scare of the doohickey and those that say the bike won't last unless it's done.
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post #10 of 19 Old 04-22-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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I had the dealer replace the doohicky before I rolled the bike out of his showroom, that and a centerstand.
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